Kitchin Group Serves Up First Scholarship Programme with Queen Margaret University

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The Hospitality Group, Kitchin Group, lead by celebrity chef Tom Kitchin has announced its first scholarship program. The Kitchin Group's Annual Award for Excellence will offer students of Queen Margaret University funding through their studies.

The chosen students will also receive the opportunities to gain experience in the groups renowned restaurants. The Group runs the Michelin starred restaurant, The Kitchin; Dominic Jack's Castle Terrace and Scran and Scallie, the holder of the prestigious Michelin Bib Gourmand.

Queen Margaret University has been offering hospitality and tourism education for 140 years. They now currently support highly acclaimed courses in international hospitality, tourism, events management and gastronomy. Students of these courses will be able to apply for the award which will eventually offer the Kitchin Group with a stream of talented young hospitality professionals.

The Head of Division of Business, Enterprise and Management at the University, Monika Foster commented on the partnership. “We’re extremely grateful to Kitchin Group for its investment in student learning that will help us identify, nurture and develop talented, willing and enthusiastic students to insure a professional supply of exceptional personnel for businesses such as Kitchin Group to inspire each guest with true and professional Scottish hospitality.

“The combination of talented students who have both solid work experience with a leading hospitality organisation, and excellent academic knowledge, will help to create future managers who can raise industry standards.”

The news of the partnership comes after studies revealing that a surge of apprentice chefs have left the industry in recent years. Programs like this are being set up to encourage apprentices to continue with their studies and enjoy working in the hospitality industry.

The Kitchin Group are continually investing in the progression of their restaurants. Constant improvements and replenishments include decorative items created in conjunction with Smart Hospitality Supplies. Their Real Leather Menu Boards proudly display the "Scran & Scallie" name and logo. It is from the presentation of these boards that the diners experience begins, with food and service deserving of its Bib gourmand to follow.

Chairman of Kitchin Group, Ron Kitchin, added: “As a business, we are passionate about fostering talent and supporting young people who are interested in a career in the industry. The Excellence Award will not only offer students financial and practical support with their studies but will give them an unparalleled insight into the world of a busy, successful and diverse hospitality business and the opportunity of hands on work-experience within Kitchin Group."

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